…you know that beloved Scripture passage about how “If a man will not work, he shall not eat”? The one that undergirds all those Randian demands to cut off the poor at the knees if they are unemployed?
Yeah. See, it turns out Paul was not drafting a bill on welfare reform for Congress. He was addressing Christian–and Christians alone–under his care as a pastor. In other words, that beloved saying is not intended to free us from the obligation for charity.
So is there anything else in the gospel about charity n’ stuff?
Funnily enough, there is: “Give to every one who begs from you; and of him who takes away your goods do not ask them again.”
It’s one of those reckless things Jesus says that, if Francis said it today in an interview, he would be screamed down as a garroulous old fool who has probably been hanging around with Marxists, Masons, and Jewish liberals and who is giving the MSM a totally false impression.